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The Band On The Run Album Live!

Band On The Run is the only album that McCartney has played in its entirety, well almost. Only the track Mamunia never made it to the set list. He never played the songs all together at once, although, as he mentioned in some interviews, it crossed his mind. The first album tracks were brought on stage during the 1975/76 Wings over the World Tour, the last one made it in 2010 to the setlist.

Band On the Run, Rock Show, 1976
The title track is a fixture on the setlists of Wings and later McCartney solo. It has been played on every tour since 1975, making it one of the songs McCartney has performed the most: almost 700 times.




Jet, Glastonbury 2004
Jet has also been a regular part of McCartney's setlists since 1975, only in recent years the song is missing from time to time. Usually it is played at the beginning of the concert, as a second, third or fourth track.
It was the opener at Glastonbury, in 2004.

Bluebird, Rock Show, 1976
Only played during the Wings Over The World Tour, during the so-called acoustic set. Since 2010 the songs shows up regularly during soundchecks.

Mrs. Vandebilt, Kiev 2008,
McCartney performed Mrs. Vandebilt for the first time in 2008, at a free concert in Kiev by request of Ukrainian fans. It remained in the setlist until the 2013 Out There Tour; it was dropped for the Japanese leg of that tour.



Let Me Roll It, Good Evening New York City, 2011
One of McCartney’s personal favorites and therefor also one of the tracks McCartney performed the most; over 500 times. Not played during his 1989/90 comeback tour, but a setlist fixture since Paul started touring again, this century.

Mamunia, Westlake California, 2016
The only album track never performed live by McCartney, but former Wings companion Denny Laine did. In 2016 he played the whole album live.

No Words, Glasgow, 1979
Only performed by Wings during the 1979 UK Tour, the last tour by McCartney’s seventies band. The live version of the song was released on the bootleg Last Flight.



Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me), Rock Show, 1976
Only played during the Wings Over The World Tour, during the so-called acoustic set. The live version is significant shorter than the one on the album.

Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five, Tokyo, 2013
The album’s final got a second life in 2010, when it was played for the first time during the Up and Coming Tour. Since then the song is a one of the highlights of McCartney’s concerts.


Related Posts:

McCartney 45 years live - Part 1: Wings

McCartney 45 years live - Part 2: The Eighties & Nineties
McCartney 45 years live - Part 3: The 21st Century




André Homan

André Homan is a Dutch writer and journalist.

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